31 best sustainable Christmas gifts 2021: Eco-friendly gift ideas

Make a difference with these sustainable Christmas gifts, hailing from brands with transparent and ethical practices

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These sustainable Christmas gifts aim to make the world a greener place, meaning that you can give presents with peace of mind this year too. 

With new technology and more zero-waste brands than ever before, it’s never been easier to go green. But alas, most shoppers view planet-friendly products as too expensive, a universal belief that's far from reality. 

These eco-conscious presents suit all interests, making them the perfect Christmas gifts for friends who fight for a greener planet—and many of them are reasonably-priced, so they're great picks for those looking for cheap Christmas gifts too.

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Our pick of the best sustainable Christmas gifts

Our list covers brands with transparent ingredients and processes, ethical supply chains and credible certifications—so whether you're looking for thoughtful Christmas gift ideas for coworkers or eco-friendly Christmas gifts for parents who need a nudge in a more sustainable direction, there's something here for you.

The best sustainable Christmas gifts for 2021

House of Marley Rebel True Wireless Earbuds

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1. House of Marley Rebel True Wireless Earbuds

Specifications

RRP: $129.99/£99.99
Delivery: 2-5 day delivery
Refundable: 30-day return policy
Region: US and UK

Reasons to buy

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Ergonomic fit
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Premium sound quality

If you're looking for the best Christmas gifts for husbands (or for anyone on your list), look no further. Launched by House of Marley, the Rebel True headphones deliver exceptional acoustics and noise cancellation. This gadget offers eight hours of playtime from a single charge, so they can jam out whenever. 

House of Marley prioritizes craftsmanship and sustainability with every product. Specifically, Rebel is made with solid bamboo, natural wood fiber composite, and recycled plastic—always delivered in recyclable packaging. The company also plants a tree for each product purchased.

LARQ Water Bottle

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2. LARQ Water Bottle

Specifications

RRP: $98/£95
Delivery: 3-5 day shipping
Refundable: 30-day return policy
Region: US and UK

Reasons to buy

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Self-cleaning and sanitizing
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Award-winning design

Powered by patented UV-C LED technology, the LARQ kills up to 99 percent of bacteria, odors, and viruses lingering in your water bottle, sans filter.

This reusable water bottle has a double-walled interior, which keeps drinks cool for nearly 24 hours. And for quality assurance, it's made of non-toxic materials. 

Google Nest Learning Thermostat

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3. Google Nest Learning Thermostat

Specifications

RRP: $249/£219.99
Delivery: 5-8 day shipping
Refundable: 30-day return policy
Region: US and UK

The Google Nest Learning Thermostat can decrease your monthly electricity bill and, ultimately, minimize your environmental impact. As one of the best Christmas gifts for mom on a budget, this intuitive gadget memorizes your favorite temperature settings and self-adjusts throughout the day. When you're not in the room, it turns off your heating and air conditioning—an efficient solution that conserves electricity and fuel.

Google claims the Nest Learning Thermostat has saved people on average of 10% to 12% on heating bills and 15% on cooling bills since its inception.

Blavor Solar Charger Power Bank

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4. Blavor Solar Charger Power Bank

Specifications

RRP: $59.99/£32.99
Delivery: 2-5 day shipping
Refundable: 30-day return policy
Region: US and UK

This fast-charging power bank is fueled by direct sunlight, which penetrates through its built-in solar panels. Unlike conventional sources of fuel, solar power provides clean, renewable energy. And naturally, it's the most abundant renewable energy source available.

Sustainability aside, its rugged construction can easily withstand harsh weather, ideal for outdoor enthusiasts who regularly go camping and hiking.

Everlane The Tread Runner

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5. Everlane The Tread Runner

Specifications

RRP: $64/£47
Delivery: 4-7 day shipping
Refundable: 30-day return policy
Region: US and UK

The Everlane Tread Runners are perennially cool, retro, and, more importantly, proudly carbon neutral. Made of sustainably sourced materials, these sneakers integrate comfortable and practical features. (Think leather paneling, a cushioned insole, a low-plastic sole, and recycled polyester lining.) Plus, the pair's laces and linings come from recycled plastic bottles. They're available in U.S. sizes 5-11.

Everlane partners with ethical factories and manufacturers to uphold an entirely transparent supply chain. With every product, the eco-chic leader minimizes water waste, chemical inputs, and carbon emissions. Talk about brilliant Christmas gifts for teenagers with an eco-conscience. 

Personalized Reusable Bamboo Mug

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6. Personalized Reusable Bamboo Mug

Specifications

RRP: $28.35/£20
Delivery: 2-10 day shipping
Refundable: No
Region: US and UK

Crafted from sustainably farmed organic bamboo, the WAKEcup mug doesn't compromise ecological integrity. This handy cup features double-lined stainless steel that keeps drinks hot (or cold) throughout the day. Not to mention, its lid can be laser engraved with a message of your choice. The lid itself is made of BPA-free recyclable polypropylene.

WAKEcup donates 10% of profits to its partners, The Marine Conservation Society and Plastic Oceans. As advocates of marine sustainability, these charities educate and minimize the effects of single-use plastic pollution.

Lolly & Kiks Wax Ankara print cotton tote bag, one of w&h's Sustainable Christmas gifts picks

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7. Lolly & Kiks Wax Ankara print cotton tote bag

Specifications

RRP: $59/£50
Delivery: Dependant on region
Refundable: 28-day return policy
Region: US and UK

As we bid adieu to plastic shopping bags, it's time to invest in a stylish tote bag. This is crafted from durable cotton fabric and is easy to store and even easier to carry, thanks to sturdy handles that offer a secure grip.

It also comes in a range of gorgeous bright and colorful unique designs so you can choose something to suit your loved one.

Boshiho Blocking Cork Wallet

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8. Boshiho Blocking Cork Wallet

Specifications

RRP: $19.99/£19.99
Delivery: 2-5 day shipping
Refundable: 30-day return policy
Region: US and UK

It's challenging to find the best Christmas gifts for dads—let alone the best Christmas gifts for men in general. Enter: the Boshiho Blocking Cork Wallet, a lightweight accessory with plenty of compartments and folders. Each Boshiho wallet is crafted from wood shavings, also known as cork. 

Compared to leather, cork material is velvety and flexible to use; however, it's still undeniably hardwearing and resistant against abuse. Additionally, cork is a great renewable material and vegan alternative. As cork oak trees grow, they absorb carbon dioxide and thereby help reduce the environmental impact of emissions.

EcoTools BioBlender 3-pack

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9. EcoTools BioBlender 3-pack

Specifications

RRP: From $11.99/£9
Delivery: 2-5 day shipping
Refundable: 30-day return policy
Region: US and UK

From the wizards behind the best makeup brushes, the BioBlender is dubbed as the first of its kind to naturally break down and decompose. Made of sustainable foam, each Bioblender is vegan, cruelty-free, and accredited by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

(Editor's note: The USDA is the federal department that develops and implements laws relating to farming, forestry, etc.) Bioblender also has a patented shape, featuring three edges that fit the contours of your face. 

Grohe Sense Smart Water Sensor

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10. Grohe Sense Smart Water Sensor

Specifications

RRP: $79.80/£76.51
Delivery: 2-5 day shipping
Refundable: 30-day return policy
Region: US and UK

Water waste consumes significant energy and adversely affects our carbon footprint and overall air quality. According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the average family can waste 180 gallons per week, totaling 9,400 gallons of water per year. Annually, household leaks can waste nearly 900 billion gallons of water nationwide. 

Cue: the Grohe Sense Smart Water Sensor, a smart and simple solution. The gadget sense when there's a leak and sends alerts to your device accordingly. Best of all, it conserves energy and fuel, running on just three AAA batteries and a stable WiFi connection.

Patagonia Better Sweater Fleece Jacket

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11. Patagonia Better Sweater Fleece Jacket

Specifications

RRP: $139/£101
Delivery: 5-10 day shipping
Refundable: 90-day return policy
Region: US and UK

As a fair trade certified favorite, this sweater is crafted from 100% recycled polyester and dyed with an energy-reducing process that sharply contrasts conventional methods. If your giftee values variety, this number comes in 10 colors and sizes XXS-XXL.

The crux of Patagonia's mission stems from the ever-growing climate crisis. Consequently, the contemporary fashion leader abides by sustainable manufacturing practices and campaigns. To reduce carbon emissions, the brand upcycles waste fabrics and old garments into new products. Patagonia also implemented the Worn Wear initiative, allowing shoppers to explore used items in select stores.

Girlfriend Collective Compressive High-Rise Legging

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12. Girlfriend Collective Compressive High-Rise Legging

Specifications

RRP: $78/£65
Delivery: 5-10 day shipping
Refundable: 30-day return policy
Region: US and UK

Meet the best leggings everyone wants to live in, be it for exercising or lounging in front of the TV watching the best Christmas movies on Netflix. These high-waist pants feature a buttery-soft and stretchy fabric—made from recycled water bottles. Girlfriend Collective says that each pair diverts 25 bottles from landfills, a dedicated effort against plastic waste.

Hailed as an authority in athleisure, Girlfriend Collective curates comfortable and supportive collections from sustainable fabrics. (Examples include recycled polyester and nylon, and cupro—a fiber made from excess cotton.) 

The brand also offers sustainable swimwear and a washing bag. When attached to a washing machine, the bag captures tiny microfiber plastics before they enter water streams and potentially cause harm to marine life. 

4ocean x To-Go Ware Bamboo Utensil Set

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13. 4ocean x To-Go Ware Bamboo Utensil Set

Specifications

RRP: $15/£11
Delivery: 2-14 day shipping
Refundable: 30-day return policy
Region: US and UK

4ocean claims that this utensil set replaces "an average of 1,300 single-use plastic utensils over its lifecycle." Made of bamboo and post-consumer recycled plastic bottles, it's free of phthalates and the industrial chemical Bisphenol A, also known as BPA. Its case offers a secure velcro closure, with a clip-on carabiner on the back. 

In line with the brand's One Pound Promise, every set purchased funds the removal of trash from the ocean, rivers, and coastlines (one pound in total).

Recycled Wool Knee Blanket

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14. Recycled Wool Knee Blanket

Specifications

RRP: $70/£40
Delivery: 2-10 day shipping
Refundable: 60-day return policy
Region: US and UK

Along with matching Christmas jumpers, cozy blankets complete the holiday season. So, present them with the top-rated Recycled Wool Knee Blanket by Tartan Blanket Company, woven from recycled wool and mixed recycled fibers.

Generally speaking, wool is an ideal sustainable material as it's naturally hypoallergenic, sweat-wicking, and biodegradable. And obviously, wool gives it a plush, velvety feel that'll help you count sheep in peace.

OXO Good Grips Easy-Clean Compost Bin

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15. OXO Good Grips Easy-Clean Compost Bin

Specifications

RRP: From $20.50/£13.21
Delivery: 2-5 day shipping
Refundable: 30-day return policy
Region: US and UK

If they want to establish simple, sustainable habits, consider gifting them a compost bin. Composting benefits the environment by recycling organic resources and conserving landfill space.

The OXO Good Grips Easy-Clean Compost Bin is a top-rated favorite, featuring practical functions for everyday countertop use. By design, this bin keeps bags and waste tucked in, plus locks in odors through a soft-close lid. Its smooth interior walls prevent buildup, while its removable lid lends for easy emptying.

Edge of Ember Just For You Bauble, one of w&h's best Sustainable Christmas gifts picks

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16. Edge of Ember Just For You Bauble

Specifications

RRP: $100/£75
Delivery: Dependant on region
Refundable: 30-day return policy
Region: US and UK

Stun your loved one with this festive bauble that contains a pair of beautiful gold plated Star Charm Hoop Earrings with white topaz stones in them.

Edge of Ember is one jewelry brand that is known for championing sustainability, thanks to their 100% recycled materials, carbon-neutral production and jewelry recycling programme.

A great sustainable Christmas gift for those who love their trinkets but care about the environment too.

The White Company Kara Hemp Bed Linen Collection, one of w&h's best Sustainable Christmas gifts picks

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17. The White Company Kara Hemp Bed Linen Collection

Specifications

RRP: From $59/£40
Delivery: Dependant on region
Refundable: 30-day return policy
Region: US and UK

The White Company is a favorite for luxury bedding and this sustainable option makes a great Christmas gift.

Hemp is one of the most environmentally-friendly fabrics, as the plants grow quickly and need minimal pesticides and not much water, so this set is a fab option for an eco-friendly bedding product. It's also temperature-regulating so will keep you cool in the summer and warm in the winter.

Face Halo Pro pack of three, one of w&h's best Sustainable Christmas gifts picks

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18. Face Halo Pro pack of three

Specifications

RRP: £18
Delivery: Dependant on region
Refundable: 28-day return policy
Region: US and UK

Do away with single use makeup wipes and plastic bottles of makeup remover and instead steer your loved one onto these reusable facial cleaners.

All that's needed to use the Face Halo is water—simply wet the cloth and wipe it around your face and skin will be left squeaky clean.

FaceGym Supreme Restructure Firming EGF Collagen Boosting Cream, one of w&h's best Sustainable Christmas gifts picks

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19. FaceGym Supreme Restructure Firming EGF Collagen Boosting Cream

Specifications

RRP: $120/£95
Delivery: Dependant on region
Refundable: 28-day return policy
Region: US and UK

One for the skincare fans out there, this Collagen Boosting Cream from FaceGym works to boosts moisture levels, increase firmness in the skin and visibly reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.

What makes it a great sustainable Christmas gift pick is the fact that the inner pot can be replaced as a refill so that there's no need to throw away the container and buy a new one—clever!

Rahua Classic Shampoo & Conditioner Sustainability Set, one of w&h's best Sustainable Christmas gifts picks

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20. Rahua Classic Shampoo & Conditioner Sustainability Set

Specifications

RRP: $140/£136
Delivery: 2-5 day shipping
Refundable: 6-year return policy
Region: US and UK

Gift them a sustainable shampoo bottle alternative with this set that comes with a bottle each of shampoo and conditioner and a refill pouch for each so that they don't have to buy another single-use plastic shampoo bottle again.

The pouches are made from 60% reneweable plant-based resources which break down to healthy biodegradable compost, which makes this an eco-friendly haircare option. There are different shampoo and conditioner types available, but this Classic version is made for all hair types and comes with a fresh and woody scent.